Jazz Night at the Concorde Club

Over 40 Peter Symonds College music students put on an impressively varied evening of Jazz and Soul music for paying members of the public at the Concord Club in Eastleigh last month.

The programme showed off an incredible range of material and included music by Count Basie, Robert Glasper, Destiny's Child, Snarky Puppy, Earth Wind and Fire, and a unique performance of selections from the famous jazz album "Charlie Parker with Strings."

Students wowed the audience, demonstrating their ability to adapt to different stylistic demands, and many showed off their impressive talents on several instruments. The Concert featured the College Big Band, Soul Band, solo singers and instrumentalists and a collaborative staff and student ensemble piece.

Playing to a full house, all of the proceeds from tickets sales were donated to The Teenage Cancer Trust, raising over £700 for the charity.

Commenting on the event Ted Carrasco, Head of Pop & Jazz Performance at Peter Symonds, said “It's fantastic to see such a large number of students performing complex jazz and soul music to a very high standard and we're honoured to be able to support such a great cause.”

The Jazz Night at the Concorde Club rounds off a very successful term for the Music Department, with students celebrating winning an impressive ten places at prestigious conservatoires around the UK, including one at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an incredible four places for brass players at the Royal College of Music; 18 University offers to study Music, including an offer to study Music at Oxford; and a full scholarship to the University of Maryland.

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30 April 2019